The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Edward Nalbandian, Armenian Foreign Minister, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Edward Nalbandian has served in the Armenian Government as Foreign Minister since April of 2008. He was appointed by President Serzh Saragsyan at the time of his election. Prior to his position as Foreign Minister, he was appointed in 1999 as Ambassador to France, and concurrently served as the non-resident Ambassador to Vatican City, Israel and Andorra. He held the position as Ambassador to France for almost a decade and this period marked the flourishing of the Armenian-French interstate relations. During his diplomatic service, Minister Nalbandian has represented Armenia in several dozen international conferences and summits. In 1992 Edward Nalbandian joined the diplomatic service of newly independent Armenia asCharge d'Affaires and later Ambassador to Egypt. From Cairo he was also accredited as Armenia's Ambassador to Morocco and Oman. He began his diplomatic career in 1978 in Lebanon and served as a senior diplomat at the USSR Foreign Ministry.

Minister Nalbandian graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and received his Ph.D. in political science from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of Commandeur and Grand Officier de la Legion  D'honneur of France, Saint Gregory's Grand Cross Order of  Holy See (the Vatican), the USSR award of Friendship of Nations, Armenian Medal of Mkhitar Gosh, and Medal “For Services Contributed to the Motherland” of the II rank.

As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Belfer Center Directors' Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By indicating your desire to attend the lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.